Atlanta to get 3rd interactive kiosk that teaches CPR, gives feedback

Atlanta is getting its third interactive “hands-only CPR” kiosk.

The kiosk, which will teach convention visitors and employees how to do CPR through a five-minute training, is to be unveiled Thursday in a private ribbon-cutting at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The others kiosks are located at the Home Depot's Store Support Center in southeast Cobb County and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The machine includes a touch screen with a video that provides a brief overview, a practice session and a 30-second test session. Users will press on a rubber torso during the training and receive feedback about their depth and rate of compression and proper hand placement.

The kiosk will be located in the Building B lobby near the  Social Table restaurant at the Georgia World Congress Center, which is visited by more than a million people a year, a press release said. The machine is operated by the American Heart Association with the support of Northside Hospital.

“Survival from cardiac arrest depends on immediately receiving CPR, but only 46 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest receive CPR from a bystander,” the news release said. “Studies show that Hands-Only CPR is equally as effective as conventional mouth-to-mouth CPR, and people are more likely to feel comfortable performing it.”

More than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals each year, with more than 20 percent happening in public places like airports, casinos and sports venues, the news release said.

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